Spectacular start to the tournament week at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
Porsche European Open 2022: Kickoff Event at the Elbphilharmonie with the Højgaard Twins
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- Europe's highly-talented Danes Nicolai and Rasmus Højgaard open tournament week with a chipping contest 120 metres up on the roof of the Elbphilharmonie
- Excellent field headed by top stars like Tommy Fleetwood and Ryder Cup captain Henrik Stenson to compete for the prestigious tournament title from 2 – 5 June
- Paul Casey to appear as a star guest and will support the tournament and the title partner Porsche
- Porsche Taycan Turbo S Sport Turismo as the hole-in-one car
- Exclusively designed Leader’s Car to be driven to the venue by the designer Flemming Pinck and the Porsche Brand Ambassador Mark Webber
The brothers, who together have already celebrated five victories on the DP World Tour, aimed at a target 15-metres away – a bull’s eye made of special sand framed by 300 artificial grass tiles. After several extra shots were needed to determine the winner, Rasmus eventually won the “brotherly” contest against his two-minutes older sibling. The event staged about 120 metres up on top of the concert hall that is supported by Porsche as the principal sponsor. “That really was a pretty unique experience,” said Rasmus Højgaard. “Events are only seldom kicked off at such a special place.” His brother too was amazed by the breathtaking view. “We first visited Hamburg on a school excursion in the seventh year and have been back many times since. But we’ve never seen the city like this. It was quite spectacular here.“
A copy of this year’s Leader’s Car has been on display in front of the Elbphilharmonie since last week. People have been able to get a first look at the Porsche Taycan 4S Sport Turismo’s exclusive livery which has been conceived by the Hamburg designer and golf fan Flemming Pinck. Up until this coming Saturday (4 June), visitors also have the chance to win VIP tickets for the final day of the Porsche European Open on a specially installed putting mat.
Strong line-up and thrilling hole-in-one prize
The favourites for the seventh staging of the Porsche European Open include the top stars Tommy Fleetwood, Martin Kaymer, the Swedish Ryder Cup captain Henrik Stenson and the Højgaard twins. They will be up against stiff opposition provided by several classy international golfers and some German contestants including the experienced Max Kieffer and Marcel Siem plus the shooting stars Hurly Long and Yannik Paul. They will all not only attempt to secure the tournament title on Sunday but also win the hole-in-one car with a dream shot: a Taycan Turbo S Sport Turismo in Neptune Blue – the most powerful model of the latest body version – will lure the pros on the famous 17th hole as the spectacular prize for an ace.
Paul Casey as star guest
Paul Casey will this year not be able to compete for the title due to an injury. The Porsche Brand Ambassador will nevertheless be travelling to the venue from USA to support the tournament and the title partner Porsche. “The Porsche European Open and the Porsche family mean a lot to me. It’s why I’m very happy to come to Green Eagle and make myself available for the tournament and the fans, and to savour the exceptional atmosphere,” said the English world class golfer.
Leader’s Car in an exclusive tournament design
In addition to the hole-in-one prize, the Leader’s Car is one of the most popular Porsches at the venue, at least amongst the players. The official Leader’s Car the player topping the leaderboard at the end of each day can use for his journeys to and from the club will be driven to the Green Eagle Golf Courses complex this Wednesday by Flemming Pinck and the Porsche Brand Ambassador Mark Webber. Both will then take part in the traditional Pro-am tournament and tee off together with the pros on the Porsche Nord Course. A fleet of 30 Porsche vehicles with partially and all-electric drive will provide a shuttle service for the pros during the tournament week.
A wide range of Porsche activities
Visitors to the Porsche World will enjoy a range of the latest and special Porsche models. They will also have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities – including the Porsche Public Hole-in-One that almost traditionally offers tournament guests the chance to win the hole-in-one vehicle. Exclusive parking spaces are available for all Porsche customers as is the Owners’ Lounge on the 17th hole. The sports car manufacturer is also linking its golf involvement with the Porsche European Open: Porsche Golf Circle members will take part in the Pro-am tournament and Porsche Deutschland will hold its Team Challenge on the Süd Course on Saturday. At stake are, amongst other things, the chance to tee-off on the tournament course on the Monday after the Porsche European Open and in doing so get an inkling of world class golf.
Porsche in golf
Porsche has been the title sponsor of the Porsche European Open, a DP World Tour event, since 2015 and the automobile manufacturer expanded its involvement in professional golf with automotive partnerships at tournaments on the Asian and the DP World Tour since 2019. Porsche has also been organising the Porsche Golf Cup for more than three decades. The tournament series is one of the company’s most successful customer events. Held for the first time in Germany in 1988, the Porsche Golf Cup has developed into an international event in which over 17,000 Porsche customers recently took part in 261 worldwide qualifying tournaments. Also highly successful is the Porsche Golf Circle, an international app-based community for keen golf-playing Porsche customers that was launched in 2017. The Porsche Golf Circle now has about 4,000 members. Paul Casey has been complementing the Porsche family as the first Brand Ambassador from the game of golf since 2020.
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Porsche European Open 2022: Spectacular start to the tournament week at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg